The Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund

Each year, The Pearson Institute’s Research and Innovation Fund provides grants to University of Chicago faculty and PhD students conducting research on global conflict. Studies must be rooted in innovative, data-driven research that seeks to understand and reduce global conflict and demonstrates public policy impact.

Researchers awarded a Pearson Grant explore topics that are regionally and topically diverse, each with a focus on using quantitative social science to advance the study of conflict and the potential to advance public policy involving global conflict.

The Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund 2018 Awardees


2018 Awardees

Michael Albertus & Victor Gay

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
and PhD Student, Department of Economics

Land Reform and Civil Conflict: Theory and Evidence from Peru

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Genevieve Bates

PhD student, Department of Political Science

The Impact of International Pressure on Institutional Design in Colombia

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Mary Bunn

Lecturer and PhD student, School of Social Service Administration

Restoring Social Bonds in Refugee Survivors of Torture and Severe Violence

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Manuel Cabal

PhD student, Department of Political Science

Autocratic Nation Building: Public Schooling and Political Control in Mexico’s Indigenous South

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Nicholas Campbell-Seremetis

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

Reasoning with Madmen: The Impact of Perceived Irrationality on Preferences for Diplomacy vs Force

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Jonathan DePoyster

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

Electoral Coercion and Local Democratic Representation in Ghana

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Chiara Fratto

PhD Student, Department of Economics

Effect of Mobility Restrictions on Firms’ Performance in the West Bank

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Bastian Herre

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

Political Coalitions and Social Conflict

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Isaac Hock

PhD student, Department of Political Science

Violent Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Political Violence, Rent Seeking and Informal Urban Transitions

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Mariana Laverde & Austin Wright

PhD Student and Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Civilian Collaboration and Violence in Civil Wars

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Benjamin Lessing

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Armed Electioneering as Effect and Measure of Criminal Governance

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Ramzy Mardini

PhD student, Department of Political Science

The Unraveling of Iraq's Tribal State: Intra-Ethnic Dynamics and the Rise of the Islamic State

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Luis Martinez

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Long-Term Effects of Sexual Violence During Conflict: Evidence from the End of WWII

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Erin Katherine McFee

PhD Student, Department of Comparative Human Development

Postconflict Precarity: Trust Building and Community Interventions after War in Colombia

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Asfandyar Mir

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

Mapping Political and Military Violence in Algeria, 1954-1962

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Miguel Morales

PhD student, Harris Public Policy

Limited Legal Status and Human Capital Investments: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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Monika Nalepa

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Transitional Justice and the Quality of Political Representation: Testing the Empirical Implications of a Formal Model

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Andres Uribe

PhD student, Department of Political Science

Grievance and Governance in Civil War

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Kevin Weng

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

Explaining Armed Actor Co-optation by Weak States: The Mixed Success of Nationalist China

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Alan Zarychta

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Fostering Political Tolerance in Times of Crisis: Attitudes toward Syrian Refugees in Turkey

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The Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund 2017 Awardees


2017 Awardees

Michael Albertus

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Land Reform and Civil Conflict: Theory and Evidence from Peru

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Maria Angélica Bautista

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Long-Term Effects of Human Rights Violations during the Pinochet Dictatorship

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Mary Bunn

Lecturer and PhD Candidate, School of Social Service Administration

Restoring Social Bonds in Survivors of Torture and Severe Violence: A Study Exploring the Effects of Group-Based Treatment on the Social Resources of Syrian Refugees

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Alysia Mann Carey

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

‘I Felt the Hand of the Government in my Womb’: Black Women, State Violence, and the Transnational Struggle for Life in Brazil and Colombia

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Jonathan DePoyster

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Evaluating the Effects of Anti-Electoral Violence Policies on Democratic Consolidation in Ghana

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Austin Wright & Thiemo Fetzer

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy & Visiting Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Security Transitions

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Mariella Gonzales

PhD Candidate, Harris Public Policy

National Resource Shocks, Social Conflicts, and Preferences for Redistribution—Evidence from Peru

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Isaac Hock

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Urban Violence in Young Democracies: Evidence from South Africa

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Sana Jaffrey

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Authoritarian Origins of Vigilante Violence and Quotidian Order in Democratic Indonesia

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Luis Martinez

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Trade Liberalization and Political Violence: Evidence from Colombia

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Asfandyar Mir

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Explaining Effectiveness in Modern Counterinsurgency

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Olga Namen

PhD Candidate, Harris Public Policy

Human Capital Accumulation under Threat of Insurgent Violence

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Paul Staniland

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Revolutionary Insurgency in Democracies: Theory and Evidence from Southern Asia

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Gabriel Velez

PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Human Development

Youth as ‘Peace Builders’: An Analysis of the Colombian Peace Education Law

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